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Color in Your Home

Should I use the same color carpet throughout the entire house or can I change it in some rooms?

If you have a small house, keep the flooring colors and materials to a minimum. The fewer the changes, the larger your house will seem.  However if you have a large home, you can probably afford to make color changes and materials changes.

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How do I begin to choose my colors?

home-decorThere are a myriad of things to consider, complicated by many factors, such as one’s ability to get into the new house under construction to make your color selections under true-to-life lighting conditions. As well, you can only visualize colors against one another from small color chips from color chip samples. And you must take into consideration, the color preferences of other people who will also be living in the house.

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Are beige, brown, off-white and gray the only “neutral” colors?

Any color can be a neutral color, but these colors are neutral by definition. That is one of the great things about color. In general, a “neutral” is the color used most prevalently in a color scheme. In some countries, Russian and Peru for example, red is considered a “neutral” color. In nature, green is the “neutral” or “background” color for all other colors. Consider your own wardrobe. Is dark blue your personal neutral? Think about your favorite pair of blue jeans…just about any color gets paired with them!

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Do light colors make a room look larger?

If everything in the room is a light color, the room will look larger. It is not necessarily the color of a room that determines its perceived size, but rather the contracts in color values.

To keep a room looking as large as possible, use colors that are similar in value — that is, all light colors or all dark colors.

When choosing a color scheme, how do you arrive at the three basic colors?

Take inspiration from an existing pattern already in your room… in window coverings, upholstery, fabrics, cushions, etc. If there is no pattern already i the room, then your first job will be to introduce one. Pick a pattern with colors you like, one that contains some of the colors already found in the room’s carpet, window coverings, etc. Identify three color families in the pattern: the main color, the secondary color and the third color, which will act as the accent color.

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Where do I start when developing a color scheme?

A successful color scheme uses a minimum of three colors together.  If you have more confidence, you might consider using more colors, to a maximum of six, but remember, the more colors you use, the more difficult it is to achieve in decorating.